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European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA


In its third edition, the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA has gone to the conversion designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura of the Bernardas Convent in Tavira (Portugal). The old monastery had stood abandoned since it was last used as a factory. Souto de Moura’s intervention to transform it into a tourist complex includes a new-built volume intended for housing on the convent’s old kitchen gardens and the reuse of the monastery’s original spaces for residential use. The jury emphasised “the difficulty of obtaining high architectural quality in a private development without undermining the architectural and heritage qualities of the original convent to transform it into a multi-family residential complex”.

In the Outdoor Spaces category the winner was the redevelopment project of the Caramoniña plots in 
Santiago de Compostela (Spain) carried out by Abalo Alonso Arquitectos. The subtle intervention allowed new routes to be created and agricultural uses in the city to be recovered and bolstered. The jury awarded the prize in the Planning category to Joan Casadevall Serra for the Special Heritage Protection Plan of the old town of Sant Andreu del Palomar (Spain), the result of neighbours’ pressure exerted in the defence of the local architecture. The plan aimed for comprehensive protection not limited to individual listings. Lastly, in the Dissemination category, the award went to the Escola Superior Gallaecia and Partners for the project coordinated by Mariana Correia (Portugal) for lessons on the vernacular heritage in sustainable architecture.

In addition, the jury distinguished two projects with as many special mentions. On one hand, in the category of Intervention on the Built Heritage, it recognised the restoration undertaken by Marià Castellò of the Torre des Pi des Català in Formentera (Spain). This is a discreet and sensitive intervention on one of the four towers built in the 18th century for the defence of the island. On the other, in the Planning category, recognition went to the Programming and Urban Study for the Citröen building by the Belgian team MSA/Wessel De Jonge.

The jury, which highlighted the quality of the works chosen from among almost 200 entries, also shortlisted the following:

Category A for Intervention on the Built Heritage:

- Cookery school in the old Sol89 abattoir (Cádiz, Spain).

- Recovery of the palace and gardens of San Telmo for accommodating the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía Government, by Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra (Seville, Spain).

- Refurbishment of the church of Santa María de Vilanova de la Barca, AleaOlea Architecture and Landscape (Lleida, Spain).

- Conversion of three pumping stations on the river Skjern by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter (Skjern, Denmark).

Category B for Outdoor Spaces:

- Restoration of the irrigation system in the thermal kitchen gardens of Caldes de Montbui by Cíclica + Cavaa (Caldes de Montbui, Spain).

- Pedra da Rá vantage point by Carlos Seoane (A Coruña, Spain).

- Recovery of the Caminito del Rey path by Luis Machuca Santa-Cruz (Málaga, Spain).

Category C for Planning:

- Cultural Termites by Aleksandra Ajzenhamer and Vito Boševski (Zagreb, Croatia).

- Master Plan for the Royal Hospital by Javier Gallego Roca Architect (Granada, Spain).

Category D for Dissemination:

- Glèises en Encurnanclinc of the Vall d’Aran Valley by Josep Lluís i Ginovart (Vall d’Aran, Spain).

- A Dissemination Strategy. New Museum of the “Peral” Submarine by José Manuel Chacón Bulnes, Juan Ignacio Chacón Bulnes and Diego Quevedo Carmona (Cartagena, Spain).

- The Dissemination of the Amatller Museum House among the visitors of the Amatller Institute Private Foundation for Hispanic Art (Barcelona, Spain).


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